UK: The Institute of Refrigeration has joined forces with Stemazing to promote STEM subjects and champion diversity and inclusion.
As part of this partnership, three female IoR members will be offered a place at Stemazing’s training academy which will prepare them to present engaging interactive activities aimed at 7-9-year-olds in the coming year while providing them with additional skills in presentation and public speaking.
Stemazing is dedicated to raising the profile of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
IoR president Graeme Fox said “Our members have had tremendous success in promoting the industry in schools and we’re glad that more and more of us will be able to engage with young people and spread the word about the benefits of a career in RACHP.
“We’re also delighted to offer this unique personal development opportunity and to show the IOR’s commitment to its members’ career progression and personal growth,” he added.
Lisa-Jayne Cook, chair of the IoR’s Women in RACHP Network, said: “This initiative is a great tool to help us raise awareness with young people at a formative stage in their lives, and help create tomorrow’s diverse RACHP workforce, which our network is committed to.”
The IoR says that the partnership with Stemazing is one of three initiatives which will be launched in the coming year to engage with young people. The second will be an RACHP Ambassador “tool kit” including equipment to run experiments in schools, books and exercises and a menu of practical activities for inspiration and a stand/T-shirt/giveaways will be available for use by members in school and career settings.
Finally, the existing www.fantasticfridges.com schools website that features science games for children and careers information will be expanded to cover more advanced topics such as energy efficiency, basic calculations in RACHP and innovation aimed at the 16+ age group.